Marco Silva has been happy with the progress of Dominic Calvert-Lewin - but has challenged the Everton striker to show more.
The 21-year-old has started the Blues’ last three games and scored at the Ettihad in the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.
That was his third headed league goal of the campaign – and his fifth strike overall - of the campaign, which puts him second in the division’s list, one behind Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham.
The former Sheffield United youngster also ranks third best within the Everton squad when it comes to aerial duels won, with 34.
Silva has deployed both Toffees top scorer Richarlison and Cenk Tosun in the number nine position so far this season but has been impressed with the form of Calvert-Lewin and insists he boasts the “specific qualities” to help the team.
“I am happy with Dominic but I want more,” he Silva. “He has the quality to give more to this team and to help us improve.
“He has specific qualities and he knows what I expect from him. If you see that he has started the last three games, it is because I believe in him.
“We are talking about a really young player. He is not a finished player of 28, 29 years old. He is learning as a player of 21.
“He is a good striker, a player with skills I really like in a frontman, and of course he is part of the process. When I say I want more it is because I know he has the quality to improve every single day.
“He knows I am demanding, not just from him, but all of them. It is not just him, but Richarlison and Ademola Lookman. These are young players with quality who need confidence, patience and space to grow.”
Calvert-Lewin could make it four straight games in the starting line-up if he is selected for Saturday’s game at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Everton visit the Amex Stadium looking to gain further momentum after a stunning 5-1 success at Burnley on Boxing Day but will need to be at their best to leave with all three points.
Only title-chasers Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have picked up victories at the home of Chris Hughton’s side.
Silva called the 3-1 Goodison Park win over the Seagulls back in November as “the best home performance this season” and knows a repeat display will be required on Saturday.
“It’s always difficult to play there for every team they play against,” he added. “It will be tough for us but we go there to play with big ambition to take the three points.
“We know they win many, many points when they play at home. In some moments they can be different when they play at home than when they play away, but we have to go there to play our football, to be aware about their qualities because they have very good qualities, but to believe in ourselves.
“By playing at a high level, giving our best performance, we can achieve the three points.”